Began singing at age 11 in her mother's choir (date approximate)
Worked as a background vocalist for singers Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls, beginning at age 15 (date approximate)
Appeared on the cover of several magazines at age 18; also sang a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Hold Me" (date approximate)
Signed to a recording contract by Clive Davis of Arista Records at age 19
Made professional solo performance debut at the New York nightclub "Sweetwater's"
Performed the song "Shock Me," for the film "Perfect"
Released debut album <i>Whitney Houston</i>; sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut ever by a female artist
Performed the song "The Greatest Love of All" for the film "School for Vandals"
Second album <i>Whitney</i> debuted at the top of the pop charts, the first time ever for a female solo act
Made feature film acting debut in "The Bodyguard," a romantic drama with Kevin Costner; re-recorded the Dolly Parton song "I Will Always Love You" for the soundtrack
Co-starred in the ensemble drama "Waiting to Exhale" and contributed the single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" to the soundtrack
Starred alongside Denzel Washington in "The Preacher's Wife" and received Grammy Award nominations for the album's soundtrack, which featured traditional and contemporary gospel songs
Formed Houston Productions
Houston Productions signed two-year, non-exclusive first look deal with Touchstone Pictures
Co-executive produced and starred in an updated TV remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella" (ABC); played the Fairy Godmother to Brandy's Cinderella
Collaborated with Mariah Carey on the single "When You Believe" for the animated film "The Prince of Egypt"
Released first album in eight years <i>My Love Is Your Love</i>; collaborated with Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip
Arrested in Hawaii when airline authorities reportedly found marijuana in her luggage (charges later dismissed)
Dropped from the Academy Awards telecast officially because of a sore throat, but reportedly due to poor rehearsals
Released the two-disc compilation <i>Greatest Hits</i>, which featured one disc of hits and one of remixes; included duets with Enrique Iglesias, George Michael, and Deborah Cox
Served as a producer of the Disney film "The Princess Diaries"
Signed exclusive long-term contract with Arista Records worth a reported $100 million
Sued for $100 million by her father's entertainment company for breach of contract; lawsuit later thrown out by a superior court judge
Admitted to Diane Sawyer on the ABC news program "Primetime Live" that she abused marijuana, cocaine and alcohol
Checked into a drug rehab center, but checked out within a week
Under orders from Fulton County probate court, was taken to Crossroads, a drug rehabilitation clinic in Antigua, West Indies founded by Eric Clapton
Appeared alongside husband Bobby Brown and family on the Bravo reality series "Being Bobby Brown"; couple filed for divorce the following year
Gave first interview in seven years on season premiere of "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Released comeback album <i>I Look to You</i>; entered <i>Billboard</i> albums chart at No. 1
Final film appearance, a remake of the 1976 drama "Sparkle" opposite Jordan Sparks; released posthumously